As America’s only island state, Hawaii is marked with a lush landscape, a mild climate and many animal species that are entirely unique to the islands. Hawaii consists of eight major islands that were formed by volcanic activity centuries ago. For many years, Hawaii was the home of profitable sugar and pineapple exports; today, the island’s economy relies on a steady influx of tourists. Beyond the state’s natural attractions, Hawaii is also home to cultural experiences, including musical festivals, art shows and much more.
- Honolulu, Hawaii in Honolulu, HI
Descendants of the beloved king honor his life every June by presenting a lavish parade. Festive floats and riders on horseback represent the royal family and members of the court. All proceed down the street while wearing colorful costumes. Riders and horse alike wear garlands of beautiful flowers. The procession continues to the commemorative statue of the ruler and onto the park that bears his name.
- Molokai / Waikiki, Hawaii in Molokai, HI
In October, approximately 1,000 athletes arrive, form teams and participate in this traditional canoe race that journeys 41 miles across open ocean in a test of endurance, strength and courage. The men's race begins at the Hale O Lono Harbor and finishes at Duke Kahanamoku Beach. The race commemorates the traditional form of island transportation and represents one of the oldest sporting events in the state.